Dorian mode

The Dorian Scale, or mode that is the more correct name, is the second of the seven modes. The Dorian modes are comparable to the C major scale – a D Dorian scale includes exactly the same notes as a C major, but start on another step in the scale, the D note (see picture below). Besides that, the Dorian mode is almost the same as Natural Minor, but the sixth note differs. The 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 interval results in a minor sound - compare C Major with D Dorian and you could hear a slightly different sound.

A famous song that is played in D Dorian mode is "Scarborough Fair", played over a Dm chord. Modes are also common in jazz music and "So What" from the Miles Davis album Kind of Blue is partly using the D Dorian mode. You can use the chord progression Dm7 G7 Cmaj7 together with D Dorian and try to improvise in jazz style.

C

C Dorian scale diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Dorian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#

D

D Dorian scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Dorian scale diagram
Notes: D#, F, F#, G#, A#, C, C#, D#

E

E Dorian scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D, E

F

F Dorian scale diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, F

F# / Gb

F# Dorian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E, F#

G

G Dorian scale diagram
Notes: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Dorian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, F, F#, G#

A

A Dorian scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Dorian scale diagram
Notes: A#, C, C#, D#, F, G, G#, A#

B

B Dorian scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A, B

Dorian Scales overview
C: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#
D: D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, F#, G#, A#, C, C#, D#
E: E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D, E
F: F, G, G#, A#, C, D, D#, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E, F#
G: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, F, F#, G#
A: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, C#, D#, F, G, G#, A#
B: B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A, B

Interval: 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2
Formula: Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole

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